After Attack on Moscow Rabbi, ADL Calls on Russian Authorities to Ensure Safety of Jewish Communities
Moscow, January 18, 2005 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on Russian authorities to investigate the brutal anti-Semitic attack of a rabbi near the Maryina Roscha Chabad community center on January 14.
According to ADL's Moscow Office, Rabbi Alexander M. Lakshin, the leader of the Magen League and a U.S. citizen, was attacked and brutally beaten by a group of about seven teenagers in a pedestrian tunnel a few blocks away from a community center. After the beating, Rabbi Lakshin was taken by a friend to the American Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple fractures and other injuries sustained in the attack.
"This is at least the third serious violent anti-Semitic incident to take place in the same area during the past few months," said Alexander Axelrod, Director of ADL's Moscow Office. "With the growth of the Jewish communities in major cities of Russia, it is essential that the police take proactive steps to ensure that the Jewish community is safe, and work to prevent incidents based on racial or religious hatred. We will be in contact with the prosecutor's office to ensure that all possible efforts are made to find and punish the perpetrators of this heinous attack."
Representatives of the American Embassy in Moscow joined in filing a complaint to the Russian police who stated that although they take this incident very seriously they anticipate difficulty in the investigation, as no one was able to identify the perpetrators.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.